University of Miami

University of Miami – Coral Gables, Florida

Do you want to be in warmer weather, attend a school that is known for their marine biology, engineering and the fine arts as well as having a broad array of majors? In addition, a school that has plenty of school spirit to go around and in an area that you can visit the beach, go to the artsy side of town or have trendy areas to mill around in? University of Miami may be for you.

• More of a contemporary style campus
• Plenty of new buildings and new construction
• Established 1925
• 10,000 undergraduates
• Down to earth and laid back student body that is interested in their academics but their social life as well, providing a good balance
• Excellent student to faculty ration, 12:1
• 38% acceptance rate, highly selective
• “Plus One” Scholarship program – Apply for an additional year, tuition free of charge, after 4 years of undergraduate work for the immersion of a subject of their passion
• Many cities/towns nearby, with Miami within 20 minutes. Diverse and broad variety of offerings
• A nice campus that has all that a city has to offer close by
• Plenty of activities provided on campus
• NY/ Northeast top areas they pull from for students
• CSS Profile form needs to be completed for financial aid
• Early decision doesn’t provide extra help in acceptance. Criteria are the same for both ED and regular decision pool
• Labs and internships are highly prevalent for experiential learning
• 180 majors offered, with specialties in Marine Science, Engineering, Business, Architecture and Music, both in Arts and Music Business and many more
• Football, basketball..etc. Lots of school spirit
• Simulation hospital is currently being constructed
• Current president is former dean at Harvard
• Div IA sports programs, 17 varsity sports
• 60% of students from out of state
• 121 countries and all 50 states represented
• “Cognates” program of General Education – Minimum of 3 courses that are connected. Taking courses in all 3 areas – STEM, Arts and Humanities, People and Society. New program for the past 2 years
• Honors program is assessed through the main application, Foote Fellows program. Exempt from Cognates program
• PRISM program – Science and Math, access to courses and faculty that others do not have access to
• Robust study abroad program – 85 schools in 40+ countries
• Apply through the Common App
• 1270-1420 SAT, 28-33 ACT mid 50%, does not consider writing portion of SAT
• A- average GPA
• Require 1 letter of recommendation but can send up to 3, when there are 3 unique perspectives
• College essay – Very important, what makes you unique, your story
• School of Music requires an audition, Architecture a portfolio (not required but highly recommended), theatre BFA needs an audition, Art BFA portfolio required, Dual degree an additional application deadline is 11/1
• School of Music (Frost) only can apply regular decision
• Avg scholarship award is $29k
• Read applications need blind
• Avg financial aid package is $35k, includes grants and scholarships, loans and work study
• Apply to a specific school, just gauging interest. If you are accepted to the school you are accepted to all colleges, other than those that require auditions or portfolios
• Consider demonstrated interest in admissions process, visiting school..etc.
• Do not offer interviews, not considered during admissions process
• All materials need to be submitted by deadline
• Greek life – 20-25% participate

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